Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings

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Old School courses teach homeowners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.

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Coming in Fall 2016, Old School courses will include Navigating City Hall, Researching the History of a Building at the Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public Library, Masonry Maintenance with Architect and Engineer Barry McGinn, and Drafting a Statement of Significance with Province of BC Heritage Planner, Berdine Jonker.

Navigating City Hall, October 25th 2016 5pm-9:30pm $60
This workshop will explore how to take a heritage project, from renovations to heritage revitalization agreement projects through the planning process at City Hall. With Senior Heritage Planner, Marco D’Agostini, and Architect, James Burton, Birmingham and Wood. A light dinner will be served at 5pm so the course can begin at 5:30.
Vancouver City Hall, Town Hall Room, 453 W 12th Avenue
Registration will open soon.

All workshops qualify for Professional Development Credits: most qualify for Core Learning Units.  1 Credit is assigned for each hour of instructor time.  Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. Shorter courses like Researching qualify for 2 Core LUs.  All Professional Development Credits except AIBC are self reporting - talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.

Earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation by taking 18 units worth of courses. Download more information about requirements for the Certificate here

Old School Courses for Building Conservation won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit.  Sign up and see why!


Apr 24 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: South Shaughnessy

Mar 5 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

Mar 1  - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

Feb 23 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives


Nov 25 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Nov 19 - Drafting a Conservation Plan

Nov 14 - Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Mt. Pleasant

Nov 3 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 9 - Wood Window Restoration and Repair

April 25 - Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation

March 28 - Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

March 18 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

March 11 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

2014 COMPLETED WORKSHOPS (click to view)

November 19 - Knob & Tube Electrical

October 11- Kerrisdale Walk: How Zoning Shaped this Neighbourhood

October 8 - Researching the History of a Building: City of Vancouver Archives

October 1 - Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library

May 21 - Wood Windows & Storefronts Walk: Chinatown and Strathcona

April 9 - Interior Wood Paint Stripping

April 8 - Researching at the Archives

April 5 - Neighbourhood Zoning & History Walk - Strathcona

April 2 - Energy Retrofits for Older Buildings

April 1 - Researching at the Library

February 26 - & March 5 - Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

February 27 - Historic Paint Schemes


John Atkin (Author, Historian), Al Diamond (Allan Diamond Architects), David Dunnison, Jeannette Hlavach (Planner), Lynda Jane (Old School Graduate, heritage homeowner), Margot Keate-West (Heritage Consultant and Designer), Judy Oberlander (Heritage Consultant), John Quinton (Contractor), and Rebecca Bishop, Programming Manager, VHF.